Illinois Census Records
Illinois Census Notes
Between 1680-1763, Illinois was controlled by the French.
Between 1763-1783, control of Illinois was in the hands of Great Britain.
Between 1800 and 1809, Illinois was included in Indiana Territory.
On 3 March, 1809, Illinois Territory was created.
Federal Illinois census records begin in 1820 and census enumerations were taken every ten years thereafter. Census years available to the public are: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
Soundex code indexes for Federal Illinois census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920.
1890 Federal census schedules (including the Veterans and Widows census) were completely destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire with the exception of a small fragment of McDonough County ED 174. See 1890 Federal Census Fragments at Ancestry.
Illinois state census records were enumerated in 1810, 1820, 1830, 1835, 1840, 1845, 1855 & 1865. See 1825-1865 State Census Records Search at Ancestry. Also See IL State Census for more information about the Illinois State Census.
Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online. This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.
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(American Territory: 1787. Territory: 1809. Statehood: 1818)
Statewide Illinois Census Records Online
1732 Census of Fort De Chartres (claimed to be the beginning of Illinois)
1807 Indiana Territory Census (Covers all of Southern Illinois)
Other IL Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
IL Census Records Online by County
Adams County Census Records (formed 1825 from Pike)
Alexander County (formed 1819 from Johnson)
Bond County Census Records (formed 1817 from Madison)
Original Land Owners (PDF File)
Boone County Census Records (formed 1837 from Winnebago)
1870 Federal Census Transcription pages 305B-310B (in progress)
1870 Federal Census Transcription pages 311A-314A (in progress)
Brown County Census Records (formed 1839 from Schuyler)
Bureau County Census Records (formed 1837 from Putnam)
Fairfield Township Landowners (PDF File)
Calhoun County Census Records (formed 1825 from Pike)
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Carroll County (formed 1839 from Jo Daviess)
Cass County (formed 1837 from Morgan)
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